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NBA Game Preview - Mavericks underdogs vs Celtics at Boston

Dallas MavericksBoston Celtics
Jan 11, 8:00 PM | TD Garden

Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics Odds

5-5TEAM RECORD4-4

Boston will look to improve on its 4-4 record on Wednesday when they host Dallas in NBA odds action at TD Garden.

The Mavericks will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 6-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Celtics are 5-3 ATS. Dallas is 4-6 on the totals; Boston is 4-4.

View Dallas vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 185 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Celtics, currently No. 27 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Mavericks, who rate No. 16 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 94-92 victory for the Celtics.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 92.8 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 12 at 94.5 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 47% so far, more than the Mavericks shooters have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.5 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Dallas was a 100-86 winner on the road against the Pistons. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (186) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dallas earned a 100-86 victory over Detroit on Tuesday, getting 18 points from Dirk Nowitzki at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Boston lost its last outing, an 87-74 result against the Pacers on January 6. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 161 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Ray Allen scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Celtics to victory (they lost 87-74 to Indiana at TD Garden on Friday).

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After playing Detroit are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 9-1
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Mavericks at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Boston
Dallas is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas home to Milwaukee, Friday, January 13
Boston home to Chicago, Friday, January 13

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